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Kingswood Safety Net in June

Kingswood Safety Net in June

AS THE Covid-19 restrictions are gradually being eased, some aspects of the Kingswood Safety Net (KSN) will change but we will still be ready to help those who need it in the village, especially if there is a second wave of the coronavirus.

Here is a summary of where we are today:

Emergency contact by email and by phone 07310 054159 will continue to be available.

Local area groups: groups have been set up covering most roads in Kingswood and now act as the first point of contact. If you do not have such a group in your road and would like to organise one, please contact Bob Gunn.

KSN volunteer deliveries from Kingswood Village Store: our organiser, Sally Fish, suspended these from the end of May, as demand had reduced. However, we will keep the structure in place in case a second wave of the virus occurs.

Food bank donations: this valuable scheme continues. The need throughout the borough for food and basic household supplies provided by food banks continues to be high and will rise further as more workers are made redundant. The council has asked that our donations continue as they deal with unprecedented demand. Maxine Swan and Lani Robinson are keen to keep the scheme going and hope that those providing drop-off points are happy to continue. Kingswood’s generosity is much appreciated.

Seedling and plant exchange: the group set up initially to make sure seedlings didn’t go to waste during the lockdown will continue to operate as a useful gardeners’ contact. If you would like to join it, please contact Sarah Wilson on 07932 445868.

Kingswood Village Voice: the KVCA is producing a special summer edition of Village Voice, featuring what has happened here during the lockdown – including VE Day – and it will be ready for distribution in late June.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council: the council is keen to tap into the community willingness to help, which the lockdown has shown exists. It is working on a scheme for those who are interested in volunteering beyond their own villages.

The Kingswood Village Community Association (KVCA) and the Kingswood Residents’ Association (KRA) would like to thank all the volunteers who have signed up to help during the lockdown, whether their services have been called upon or not. It has been very reassuring knowing that you have been there to call on. Particular thanks go to those who have taken on organising the different aspects of the Kingswood Safety Net.

Thank you all.

Kingswood Village – VE Day opening hours

Kingswood Village Store – 01737 362989 Although KVS is normally closed on Bank Holidays, in response to requests from many of its customers Kartik and Sonal have decided to open until noon on Friday 8 May. Newspapers, Post Office and Store as usual. Kingswood Wines – 01737 360264‬‬‬ Normal opening hours of 12 noon until […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Safety Net – 75th Anniversary of VE Day

75th Anniversary of VE Day Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe and is a public holiday, although for many under the current lockdown that will make little difference! There had been plans to mark this day with a special celebratory event and historical presentation […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Safety Net – Ways to Help

Ways to Help Be a Good Neighbour The most important way you can help during this coronavirus pandemic is to be a good neighbour, especially to those who are older, vulnerable or who need to self-isolate. Within the official restrictions please look out for them, and if you can’t provide what they need yourself then […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Safety Net – Support for Food Banks

Please see details below regarding urgent support required of donations of items for local food banks and the local drop off points available.  If you would like to provide support, but do not have suitable items, you can make a financial donation though the Council’s website: Continue reading →

Kingswood Safety Net – 2.6 Challenge

Kingswood Safety Net Volunteers are doing The 2.6 Challenge! This Sunday Volunteers who are part of the Kingswood Safety Net during the coronavirus lockdown will be walking every road in Kingswood as a reminder that we want everyone in our village to feel that, should they need it, there is somewhere they can turn for […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Safety Net – Coronavirus/COVID-19

Dear Resident, In these unprecedented times, with self-isolation and social distancing, some of you may be concerned about the support that you need, now or in the future. The Kingswood Residents’ Association and Kingswood Village Community Association have joined forces to set up a network of trusted volunteers to assist anyone who may need to […] Continue reading →